The first time you see SeemaKohli's work, you are taken aback by the brilliance of the colors, the delicious strangeness of the figures and the ethereal brushwork: intricate, profound and expertly crafted. But what you will remember is the mysterious orb that hangs over her oeuvre, sometimes in paint and sometimes in spirit, it is the golden womb and it is her refrain, her leitmotif and the center of her artistic vision. This is where SeemaKohli spent 11 months of her life, her mind still unformed; her body still undecided, and because she had more time, she remembers, making her art an unfurling chronicle of a memory and the narrative of her journey. To her, the womb represents the perfect half way house, between the material and the divine, it's where we let go our cosmic consciousness and finally take on the human condition, forever forgetting where we came from and what it all means. Her brush excavates, discovers and brings into focus, sights and sounds of this world within a world, capturing creation in creation, unearthing the cycle of life from under the miscellany of living. And it's from deep inside the womb that she gets her inspiration, as if she is an insider, giving us glimpses, stories and songs only she is witness to. It's these glimpses that become the subjects of her critically acclaimed work. Not surprisingly, her recent mixed-media work, Ouroboros is the story of birth, of life and liberation, brought alive through a virtuoso performance that spans across 84 paintings and photographs. In 2009, she received the prestigious Gold Award at the Florence Biennale for her video installation, Swayamsiddha-Myth, Mind and Movement. Important works of hers have found their way into public and private collections across the world, most recently at the Rubin Museum, New York; the New Delhi International Airport and the Indian Defense Ministry. She has also received the Young FICCI Ladies Organization Women Achiever’s Award and the Lalit Kala National Award for Women in 2008 - one of the highest honours an artist can receive in India. SeemaKohli currently lives and works in New Delhi.
- Arjuna Gaur 2011